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NSX-T 2.4 GUI - Why are there two Networking Sections

Anyone know why there is an "Advanced Networking & Security" and just Networking? Also why are there Tier 0/1 Gateways and then Tier 0/1 routers? Which interface are we supposed to use? The Advanced Networking and Security is much easier in my opinion but nothing you do there shows up on the regular Networking page? Come on VMware why make it so confusing?

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2.4 introduced a new policy-based API which not all integrated solutions support at this time. Items under the "Advanced" heading use the APIs prior to 2.4 while everything else uses the new ones. That should even out in the future.

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jwaldrop​, starting with NSX-T Data Center 2.4, the NSX manager UI is divided into simplified and advanced sections.

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You can use these simplified tabs to configure all networking and security objects for new deployments and for NSX cloud deployments, except for containers and the cloud management platform (CMP).

The advanced networking and security security tab can be used for: Integrating containers, openstack, and CMP. It can be used also for upgrading, fine-tuning and troubleshooting.

If you have upgraded from previous NSX-T versions, then your objects are migrated to in Advanced Networking and security tab. In this case you are obliged to manage them from there. VMware will provide a migration process in the future to sync objects between Advanced and simplified sections as the Advanced section will be removed.

Note that objects created using the advanced networking and security tab are not replicated in the simplified UI.

VMware recommends that you use the simplified UI to create objects whenever possible.

Hope this clears it for you,

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Thanks but I still don't understand why VMware is making so complicated. Just have one interface, the Advanced Networking & Security is a nice interface. Why do we need this other so called "Simplified" interface? Also why have different terminology for the T0/1 objects between the two interfaces?

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Because that's their decision and we in these communities are not VMware so cannot speak to their strategy. The difference in terminology is to make people accustomed to the "new" terms and not wholesale change them confusing people even further. Any other grievances you have should be taken up with VMware directly since they make the software.

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